News From Terre Haute, Indiana

December 20, 2012

County Parks to start search for new superintendent

Ruble to resign by June 1

Howard Greninger
The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — A search for a new superintendent of the Vigo County Parks and Recreation Department will start next month.

Peggy Harlan, a member of the Vigo County Park Board’s personnel committee, said the committee will post the superintendent position on Vigo County’s website under personnel and job openings from Jan. 7 to Jan. 11.

“I think we will have a lot of applications just from that week,” Harlan said after the Park Board’s Wednesday meeting at the Vigo County Annex.

The committee then hopes to have a recommendation to bring to the full Park Board at its Feb. 25 meeting. Kara Kish, assistant superintendent, is considered a leading candidate for the position.

Harlan said park Superintendent Keith Ruble will remain in his position while that search is conducted and perhaps until early summer.

Ruble on Wednesday submitted a letter to the board stating it has been his pleasure to work for the county. Ruble, 66, said that due to his age and “other interests, I will resign my position as superintendent no later than June 1, 2013.”

“I have enjoyed working with many outstanding people over the years and plan to continue my involvement alongside my successor and other individuals to continue to do good things for the people of Vigo County,” Ruble said.

In other business, the Park Board received a check for $9,615 from the estate of Betty Lavern Smith. Smith donated money to establish the Kenneth E. Smith Memorial Park, which includes a labyrinth in Hawthorn Park.

Kish requested the board accept the estate check and earmark it for maintenance of the labyrinth. Kish stated she would like to use about $2,000 in 2013 to replace some wrought iron fencing around the memorial as well as place a sign acknowledging the work of the Wabash Valley Master Gardeners Association Inc. which maintains the site.

Kish said the remaining $8,000 would last five to 10 years, as some areas of the stone labyrinth may need to be repaired or replaced over the next decade. In addition, the park department pays about $500 to the gardeners association for chemicals, such as weed killer, and some supplies for the site. The board unanimously approved to accept the check and earmark the funds for the memorial site.

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